Legislation and Hearings
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Legislation and Hearings

Legislation and Hearings

Most of the Council's legislative work is done in committee hearings.

Legislation and Committee Hearings

Most of the Council's legislative work is done in committee hearings. It is there that proposed legislation is initially debated and the members of other government branches and the public are given a chance to comment.

Each Council Member serves on at least three of the Council's standing committees, sub- and select committees and panels. The standing committees must meet at least once a month unless the Charter mandates otherwise. Committee assignments are made by the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections and voted on by the entire Council.

Most Council hearings are held in the Council Chambers or the adjoining Committee Room in City Hall. Hearings are also held in the Hearing Room on the 16th Floor of 250 Broadway. Meetings of the entire Council, referred to as Stated Meetings, are held twice a month at City Hall. A weekly schedule of Council hearings is available in the Council's Office of Communications in City Hall.

The Speaker of the Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Majority Leader, the Minority Leader, and Public Advocate Letitia James are ex-officio members of all committees.

List of curent committees:

Civil Rights
Civil Service & Labor
Community Development
Consumer Affairs
Courts and Legal Services
Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations
Economic Development
Environmental Protection
Fire & Criminal Justice
General Welfare
Governmental Operations
Higher Education
Juvenile Justice
Land Use
Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse & DIsability Services
Oversight & Investigations
Parks & Recreations
Public Housing
Public Safety
Recovery and Resiliency
Rules, Privileges & Elections
Sanitation & Solid Waste Management
Small Businesss
Standards & Ethics
State & Federal Legislation
Women's Issues
Youth Services